VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEARTS AND HANDS OF GIRL SCOUTS.

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We take pride in recognizing special individuals for their years of membership, volunteer service, and exceptional contributions.

Please help us honor the outstanding service of volunteers by nominating a special volunteer you know.

This year, we have combined the Troop/Service Unit Awards and Board-Approved awards into one easy to read manual.  All of the nomination forms are revised to be easier to understand and easier to complete because they are based on what we all know best:  The Girl Scout Mission of building girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. We’ve also analyzed our membership data to assist Service Unit Managers,Troop Leaders and Co-Leaders in identifying members for whom an award might be appropriate.

Several Council awards are named for long-time Girl Scouts who have been influential in the history and on-going success of Silver Sage Council. We have gathered brief biographies of these exceptional women in the award descriptions so you can learn who they were and why the award has meaning.

We hope these changes will energize the Adult Recognition’s Program and lead to a lively Awards Ceremony at the Annual Conference on April 29-30, 2016. Exciting plans are already underway!

Please read the short Manual to choose an appropriate award for your candidate. Then click that award from the list below, and everything you need will pop up right there!  Please copy the nomination form to your computer prior to filling it out. All other instructions are on the forms.

Download the “new and improved” 2015-16 Awards Manual.

Download the new 2015-16 Appendix of Nomination Forms (optional).

Download the Service Unit Award Purchase Request.

Deadline is February 1, 2016 for Board-Approved Nomination Packets

Member-Earned Awards

Years of Membership Request Form

Recognizes active adult members who have completed five or more years of Membership and Commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Pins for 5 and 10 years are presented by the member’s Service Unit. Pins for 15 or more years are presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon (or by the member’s service unit). Application form required.

Required forms: Years of Membership Numeral Guard Form

Years of Volunteer Service Request Form

Recognizes active adult members who have served as Girl Scout Volunteers for five or more years.  Pins for 5 and 10 years are presented by the volunteer’s service unit. Pins for 15 or more years are presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon (or by the volunteer’s service unit). Application form required.

Required forms: Years of Volunteer Service Pin Form

Service Unit Approved Awards

Rookie of the Year

Recognizes an active troop leader or co-leader for the first year at any grade level who has completed the basic leadership courses who demonstrates outstanding performance in helping girls develop courage, confidence and character.  This award requires two letters of endorsement from adult troop members or parents. The Service Unit purchases this pin.

Required forms: Rookie Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Outstanding Volunteer Pin

Recognizes an active, registered, trained volunteer who has provided outstanding service in a capacity other than leader or co-leader in helping to develop girls of courage, confidence and character.  No letters of endorsement are required. Council purchases two awards per year per Service Unit. Service Units purchase additional pins.

Required forms: Outstanding Volunteer Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Outstanding Leader Pin

Recognizes an active, registered Troop Leader or Co-Leader who has completed all appropriate trainings and who demonstrates outstanding performance in developing girls of courage, confidence and character who live by the Girl Scouts Promise and Law. Two letters of endorsement are required from troop members or their families. Service Unit purchases this pin.

Required forms: Outstanding Leader Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

National Awards – Board Approved

President’s Award

Recognizes the efforts of a Service Unit team or committee whose exemplary service results in significant, measureable impact toward achieving the Girl Scout Mission. Nominations should address the committee’s or service unit’s accomplishments in leadership training, leadership retention, membership engagement, diversity, community contacts, ontime reports and service area communications. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: President’s Award Nomination Form  &  Letter of Endorsement

Volunteer of Excellence

Recognizes outstanding service from an active adult volunteer while partnering directly with girls or who has contributed outstanding service in support of the Girl Scout Mission. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Volunteer of Excellence Award Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Appreciation Pin

Recognizes outstanding service from an active Girl Scout adult member which contributes to and impacts achievement of the Girl Scout Mission in one or more geographic area, service units or program delivery audiences. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Appreciation Pin Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Honor Pin

Recognizes outstanding service from an active Girl Scout adult member which contributes to and impacts achievement of the Girl Scout Mission in two or more geographic area, service units or program delivery audiences. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Honor Pin Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Thanks Badge

The Thanks Badge recognizes a Girl Scout adult member whose outstanding service benefits the entire Silver Sage Council or the entire Girl Scout Movement, and is so significantly beyond expectations that no other award would be appropriate.  It recognizes an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership and service has an exceptional, measureable impact on the Girl Scout Mission.  This award requires two letters of endorsements.

Required forms: Thanks Badge Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Thanks Badge II

Recognizes an active Girl Scout adult member who has previously received the Thanks Badge and whose outstanding service to the Silver Sage Council and/or the entire Girl Scout organization continues to demonstrate exemplary, measurable service in a leadership role which impacts the Girl Scout Mission. This award requires two letters of endorsements.

Required forms: Thanks Badge II Nomination Form&  Letter of Endorsement

Silver Sage Council Awards – Board Approved

Betty Boyd Memorial Award

The BETTY BOYD MEMORIAL AWARD is named after a very dedicated Girl Scout Leader who became a trainer in order to guide other leaders to fulfill the Girl Scout Mission. This award recognizes adult Girl Scout Troop Leaders or Co-Leaders who have served in troop leadership for three or more years and whose outstanding service merits recognition by the entire Silver Sage Council.  The nominee must have previously received at least one of the following awards: Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer or Rookie of the Year given by a Service Unit. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Betty Boyd Memorial Award 2016 Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Jo Jameson Award

The JO JAMESON AWARD is named after a very active Girl Scout troop leader, service unit director, day camp coordinator and trainer who served Silver Sage Council for over 16 years. The Jo Jameson Award recognizes excellence in training at the Council level and recognizes for active Girl Scout members who have served as a Council trainer for at least three years. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Jo Jameson Award Nomination Form & Letter of Endorsement

Jo McAtee VIP Memorial Pin

The JO McATEE VIP MEMORIAL AWARD is named after an active Lifetime Member of Silver Sage Council who served as a leader, master trainer and association delegate. The Jo McAtee VIP Memorial Award recognizes an active Girl Scout Volunteer who delivers continuous, consistent, outstanding leadership to a service unit area in two separate leadership positions for a minimum of four consecutive years. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Jo McAtee VIP Memorial Pin Nomination Form &  Letter of Endorsement

Diana Lawson Award

The DIANA LAWSON AWARD is the Silver Sage Council’s highest adult award, and is name for current Lifetime Member, Diana Lawson, who has actively served Silver Sage Council for over 55 years.  The Diana Lawson Award recognizes an active Girl Scout who has been a member for a minimum of five years and has received BOTH the Thanks Badge and the Thanks Badge II.  This award recognizes furtherance of the entire Girl Scout Movement through public and highly visible community involvement. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Diana Lawson Award Nomination Form & Letter of Endorsement

Outstanding Service to the Community Award

The Outstanding Service to the Community Award recognizes an active Girl Scout member who has given significant and outstanding service to the community through other groups or organizations beyond the expectations of his/her normal position. This award requires two letters of endorsement, one of which must be from a partner organization.

Required forms: Outstanding Service to the Community Nomination Form Letter of Endorsement

Millie Carey Board Member of Influence

The Millie Carey Board Member of Influence is named after Millie Carey who served as a Girl Scout volunteer for 67 years.  The Millie Carey Board Member of Influence recognizes longevity and community engagement and is given to a current member of the Board of Directors of Silver Sage Council who has been an active community volunteer for a minimum of 10 years, has served on the Silver Sage Council Board of Directors for a minimum of three years. This award requires two letters of endorsement.

Required forms: Millie Carey Board Member of Influence Nomination Form & Letter of Endorsement

Community Partner Award

The Outstanding Community Partner Award recognizes continued outstanding support of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council by an individual or business for more than three years through contributions of time and/or services. This award requires two letter of endorsement.

Required forms: Outstanding Community Partner Nomination Form & Letter of Endorsement